Meadowmere News & Press
The Bucket List Vacation - These New England hotels can help fulfill your final wishes
NYDailyNews.com| Saturday, April 23, 2011The word "vacation," for many conjures up images of a sunny Caribbean beach, a fruity drink and a deep tan. Others find the museums and antiquities of Europe irresistably interesting and beautiful.
There are other trips designed to satisfy any adventurous spirit - whether it be ice climbing or sampling the strange foods of foreign lands.
Now, just when you thought every travel option had been exhausted, comes the New England Inns & Resorts Association's twist on getting away from your daily routine - the bucket list vacation.
It's an in-your-face approach, urging people to live their dreams before they die.
Do you want to be a high-class chef for a day? Got it. Always wanted to milk a cow? Throw an ax? Catch a lobster? Got it, got it and got it.
If what you want to do isn't immediately available, the resorts association will scour the region to put it together for you.
Association CEO Beth Steucek said, "The New England Inns & Resorts Association has something for almost every bucket list out there. If there were a wish that a traveler needed help fufilling, and it wasn't on our website already, we could happily put a call out to our members to try and help make a dream come true."
Here's just a few of their off-the-shelf options.
Rock climbing: You can stay at the White Mountain Hotel in Conway, N.H. For one or two days, they'll provide breakfast and either a half-day or full day of guided rock climbing and instruction.
If you want to soar even higher than the mountains, you can hop on a hot-air balloon. The Glynn House Inn in Ashland, N.H., will take you on a champagne picnic before sending you up for a bird's eye view of the spectacular countryside. Go during leaf season and your eyes will thank you for the rest of your life.
Maybe the most unusal of the current pacakages: Om & Foam trip to the Meadowmere Resort in Maine. Visitors spend part of the day in yoga class, take a break and then a two-hour surfing lesson.
One of the best things about all of these trips is how easy they are for New Yorkers to get to. Even the White Mountains of New Hampshire and the coast of Maine are reachable by car in a few hours of mostly picturesque driving.
The inns range from the cozy to the luxurious and even the budget-conscience can find a comfortable place to stay at virtually any of the associations properties.
For more information go to www.newenglandinnsandresorts.com
POSTED BY ADAM SOMMERS AT 3:05 PM